Friday, 10 November 2017

Pleated Skirt: OOP Vogue 9951

Sometimes you just feel like breaking the rules.  

I made this skirt with out-of-print Vogue 9951, circa 1996, in a canvas, almost denim, weight fabric. But that is not where I broke the rules. This Vogue pattern lists view A and B pleated skirts as "unsuitable for obvious diagonals, plaids or stripes." 

It's the first time trying out this pattern and the fabric was a bargain find at Ikea. So I thought what the heck and gave it a try. I won't say that I dislike it, but I'm not loving it either. It will be a good item to kick around the house in. It would probably look better in a different fabric. The pattern suggestions are for a light-weight gabardine, wool crepe and light weight woollens. It would look nice in those fabrics.  

This was all about trying the pattern. I had to make some adjustment to the size, and to be honest, I can still do some tweaking there.  I omitted the waistband only because it would have sat too high.  Instead I finished off the waistline with left over seam binding. I did the same for the hem. I wish this skirt had pockets. Pockets would have been great.  

All and all, it's a pattern worth revisiting at a later date. In the meantime, I think I can get some use out of this skirt.  

The Stats:  

Fabric:  1.6 metres 

Zipper:  1 - 7" invisible zipper

Basting Tape:  0.36 metres

Seam binding:  2.5 metres

Pattern:  OOP Vogue 9951

Additional Tools & Supplies:  Cutting table, pins, scissors, measuring tape, ruler, tailor's chalk, sewing machine, invisible zipper foot, regular zipper foot, serger, iron, and ironing board.

Happy Sewing!  


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Summer Flies! I was a bit worried that it was a little Beetlejuice like. But it's growing on me.

  2. I love it in a stripe! It looks very dramatic but in a good way. Slim fitting top plus boots??

    1. Thanks Nakisha! I took your advice when I wore it yesterday. I wore it with a slim-fitting black turtleneck top with black tights and black ankle boots. And even though the weight of the fabric seemed a bit stiff to me at first, it did grow on me and I did appreciate the heavier weight now that it's been snowing.

  3. It looks so expensive. Nice!

    1. Thanks Janet! Would you believe that I picked up this fabric for a song at Ikea?

  4. Why always sew a safe look? We can take chances-this one certainly paid off. It is gorgeous and eye catching.

  5. I think the obvious stripes make the skirt beautiful. The way they converge at the top of the pleat is awesome. Draws the eye in.

    You did an awesome job sewing this.

    God bless.


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